It is a sad day for our local restaurant industry that super talented but Award under-recognised Chef Jean Delport is cooking for the last time at Benguela on Main in Somerset West this evening, before he moves to the Leonardslee House & Gardens in the UK at the end of this month, also part of the Benguela Collection belonging to Penny Streeter Rea, which opens in April.  (more…)

 New restaurant openings in Cape Town and the Winelands appear to have almost ground to a halt, with a few chef changes. Janse & Co, owned by Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg, formerly of The Kitchen at Maison in Franschhoek, has opened on Kloof Street in Cape Town. CASA and the Revolving Restaurant have opened at The Ritz Hotel. SALT has opened at Paul Cluver wine estate in Elgin.

Big news is that talented top SA Chef Jean Delport of Benguela on Main in Somerset West is moving to the UK, staying in the Benguela Collection, opening its first restaurant at Leonardslee House & Gardens in April (photograph). This will mean a name, concept, and decor change for the Somerset West space, reopening as Nom Nom at the end of this month. Sister restaurant Moody Lagoon Restaurant has opened at Benguela Cove in Hermanus. 

We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome such news.

Restaurant Openings

#  Benguela on Main will close down on 12 January, with the departure of its Chef Jean Delport to a sister restaurant in the Benguela Collection being opened in the UK. The Somerset West space will undergo a decor change over two weeks, and will reopen as an everyday eatery and bakery called Nom Nom, with Chef Sebastian Smith heading up the kitchen .  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to McQueens Pride & Groom (what a lovely name), for its facial, and added to that the treat of a hand and foot massage for the duration of the facial. The therapist was chatty and friendly and the hour flew by. As some of the cream got into my hair, I was further spoilt with a hair wash and blow by Glen in the BloStyle Bar. The treat was kindly organized by Marina Nestel, brand ambassador of McQueens. 

 

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Ever since I reviewed Chef Bertus Basson’s Spek & Bone dive of a restaurant in Stellenbosch in July last year, Basson has been on a mission to discredit me as a reviewer, not being man-enough to accept my honest feedback. Last week I popped in at his latest eatery, De Vrije Burger, a hamburger and ice cream joint, on Plein Street in Stellenbosch, the take-away outlet being far below the standard of his Eat Out Top 10 award stature! One wonders why he is scraping the barrel with cheap and nasty restaurants, when he started off with the top level Top 10 Overture restaurant, his first! Each new restaurant, of his five restaurants, is one level below the previously opened one in terms of quality!   (more…)

A year ago I posted here on my Blog that 2016 was the best year of my life. Looking back on 2017, I can echo this sentiment about 2017, surpassing what was already a fantastic 2016! The year was crowned by the publishing of my first book, and I plan to write two this year. I discovered my Self-Love, and now can truly stand on my own two feet!  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Jade, a shop in Stellenbosch specializing in selling pearls, and its Manager and jewelry designer Ariéne Jansen. On a recent shopping visit, mentioning that the purchase was a birthday indulgence, I received pouches in different sizes from Ariéne, one each in which to keep my earrings, and the other the necklace which I had bought, very convenient gifts for traveling. I had never been spoilt by the shop like this previously, having awarded it a Sour Service Award earlier this year, due to the poor service received from another staff member! On my return ten days later, to request matching up a favorite earring which I had lost, Ariéne efficiently and very inexpensively created the lost earrings and fixed another earring. She also made up a pearl necklace for me, to an exact length, within a two-hour period, which allowed me to browse the shops around Church Street.  (more…)

Whilst writing The Book in Apricale, in Italy, in August, I treated myself to a cappuccino or a gelato at the Apricus Osteria & Bar in the village almost daily. On one of those days I asked a lady sitting at another table if she would mind taking a photograph of me, my selfie skills not being the best. Anna Fill did a great job of it, and gave me her card. I thanked her, and so began a chat about why I was in Apricale in the first place. Anna and I met for coffee, on a Monday when most restaurants were closed, so she drove us to the nearby Bajardo, where we chatted and I got to know more about Anna, and her ‘The Riviera Woman’ digital magazine. Recently she wrote to me, when she had seen on Facebook that I had completed my Book ‘SwitchBitch: My journey of transformation from Sour to Sweet’, and asked me a number of questions, for an article for her magazine. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Tease Hair & Beauty, and its owner Vida Croeser, for her generosity in sponsoring a hair cut and colour without charge, kindly organized by Marina Nestel. Vida has 30 years’ salon experience, but this is her first own salon, which also offers a beauty salon service. Tease has just opened in Green Point. The day after the colour treatment I was one of a number to attend the media launch of Tease. We were sent home with a goodie bag of sample products : Redken All Soft shampoo, Redken All Soft conditioner, The Colossal Volume Express mascara, Label.m Protein Spray, Label.m sunglasses and pouch by Jean-Pierre Braganza, a collection of Agadir and SuperPlex Haircare products, and a voucher for a cut and Redken Chemistry Treatment.  TEASE salon is open seven days a week. 
 

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At a private intimate dinner party my first book ‘SwitchBitch: My journey of transformation from Sour to Sweet’ was launched last night, attended by very special friends. It documents my journey of a mainly physical transformation over a twenty month period.  (more…)

Last Thursday I attended the #JWCodeBlack promotional event for Johnnie Walker, having received the invitation from Thandeka Nkosi of Khanya PR & Media Solutions, on behalf of its Client Diageo. It is one of the bizarrest events that I have ever attended.  (more…)

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